A local author has released a new horror novel that is sure to turn the pages of readers. Andrew McManaman, who is the son of Deputy Mayor of North Grenville Jim McManaman, released the book, titled “Dollhouse,” on Amazon on November 26.
The Times spoke with Andrew about this defining moment in his writing career. He revealed that the “Dollhouse” project was a long process that included a lot of hard work. Andrew has been interested in creative writing for most of his life and has written numerous short stories and screenplays, and has attempted to write novels in the past. Speaking about his history as a novelist, Andrew joked, “I’ve written a novel before, but it’s so bad it will never be seen or read by anyone!
The inspiration to try again came during a time when Andrew was laid off from his seasonal job in Whistler, BC. “During that two month period, I kind of wrote 500-1000 words a day, wrote this real draft novel, and finished it from one of the screenplays that I did. had, “Andrew told The Times. The overall process was a journey that lasted around four years, and Andrew was eager to thank the friends who helped him in many aspects of the process.
“Dollhouse” centers on a main character named Darla, a single mother who wakes up in a real house of horrors, surrounded by strangers and mystery, with no escape. The group of unexpected acquaintances are soon faced with the realization that the house they are locked in may be the safest place in their new world, as a deadly creature is lurking outside and sacrifice is inevitable. The novel presents elements of both mystery and terror.
One of the unique aspects of the novel is its cover, designed to resemble a 1980s movie poster, with the book’s contributors at the bottom styled to resemble the movie credits. Finding a graphic designer to complete the artwork as Andrew envisioned was no small task. After a long struggle to find someone, he finally made it to a graphic design page on Reddit and received over 50 responses in just a few hours. He sifted through each individual response before finding a woman whose job matched his vision perfectly.
While the book was only released on Amazon last week, tentative plans already exist for a closer Christmas dedication at the Kemptville Library. The website of Andrew’s own independent publishing house, Popcorn Paperbacks, has a more detailed description of “Dollhouse,” as well as Andrew’s biography. The website is accessible at www.popcornpaperbacks.com. Those interested in purchasing a copy of the book can do so directly from Amazon, with paperback and Kindle eBook editions available, by visiting www.amazon.ca/Dollhouse-Andrew-McManaman-ebook/dp/B09KNS9P2G.